Offical Charity of the St. Barths Bucket 2019

Thank you to The Bucket Regatta for including Help St. Barth in their generous contribution to assist with the rebuilding of the island homes of the elderly and handicapped population. Seeing so many beautiful yachts in the harbor is amazing, we are so grateful to be a part of such a beautiful regatta. This is the second year The Bucket has selected our charity.

We will be giving half of the funds that are given to us by The St. Barths Bucket Reggata to Coral Restoration St. Barth, they are a wonderful organization that has done so much to keep our reefs healthy, teach our island community, and organize volunteers. Please take a look and learn more through the link.

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Help St. Barth Update March 2019

Just this week had our monthly meeting with the Collectivity and the Head of the Red Cross on the island, as well as the Head of the Red Cross for the Caribbean. Our meetings are to make sure everyone is on the same page as far as our progress and also how funds are being spent thought out the rebuilding and fixing of the last 8 homes that were heavily damaged by hurricane Irma. The Red Cross give Help St. Barth 30% of the total expenditures for these homes that need to be rebuilt, and the collectivity gives us 8,000 euros per project. We are responsible for raising the remaining funds.

The budget to fix these homes is 143,000 euros, this is not including the red cross or the collectivity contributions.

This week Kevin Tedeschi has given Help St. Barth 5,000 euros that will go towards reaching our overall goal. Thank you so much for your ongoing support in our efforts to help with the rebuilding.

Help St. Barth is also can be seen as a way to receive and give funds to other smaller island entities or projects for the community that might require monetary assistance. Any of these cases would be presented and evaluated by our three board members based on need and fit.

If you would like to sponsor a children’s education program, start a scholarship for island kids, or give money to a St. Barth nonprofit that doesn’t have U.S. 501c3 status please reach out to us as we are as a resource for St. Barth Community.

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Hurricane Irma House Project review in Lorient

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Help St. Barth met with the Red Cross to review this project in the Village of Lorient. In the photos you will see that it is a small caste (little cottage) that was destroyed by Hurricane Irma. It was no longer livable after the hurricane came through and the elderly resident has not been able to come home since. The home had no insurance, and her background has been fully checked by the local government to prove that she has no help, finances, or money. These couple major issues for the resident and the home are only the start. Also the management of the contrstuction and materials etc have to be organized… permitting? The majority of this is organized by Help St. Barth, taking the responsiblity of the building. We are a volunteer organization. This person was in very real need with no where else to go.

The Red Cross has funded 30% of each project we have taken on and the collectivity has given us a flat amount of a little over 8,000 euros. The rest is up to Help St. Barth to raise. We have estimated the amount at 250,000 euros to finish the last five projects after the support from our partner organizations.

This elderly woman’s home has already received some support from the Red Cross that has offered her a wheelchair. A ramp will be built when it is reconstructed as a small caste as it was, so that she will be able to access her home easier.

Please if you would like to donate please go though our donation page. Your donation is tax deductible and will be used towards helping her be able to have a roof over her head again after now over a year after Hurricane Irma.

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Currently Being Rebuilt on St. Barth, December 2019

There are people on our little island that are in need of our help. We are currently rebuilding 5 homes. Homes of the less fortunate in what appears to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. These specific people do not have family or family is not finically able to help them to the point of giving them a place to live. These local residents whom are in need have been vetted by the local government of St. Barth. We are working with the local government, Loin’s club, and Red cross to solve this issue. Though they are all contributing this is a large endeavour Help St. barth is the head of all the projects and is responsible to raise the majority of the money (65%). Annelisa Gee one of our founders has been a huge part of he rebuilding as she is organizing and working as the contractor of all the rebuilding. This is a large responsibility and volunteering her time from the start. All of your donations go directly to those who need it. Please consider helping our island community as local islander or as a visitor we can all work together to finish these projects and start many more!

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Lorient home getting rebuilt

Lorient home getting rebuilt

Home Getting rebuilt in Downtown Gustavia St Barth

Home Getting rebuilt in Downtown Gustavia St Barth

Officially on St. Barth Foundation’s Website

We are officially a recognized St. Barth Foundation (Fondation) organization. We operate under United States, France and St. Barth law. We are here for the community of St. Barth. If you are in The EU or the United states you can give to our organization as we are a 501c3 in the US and an accredited non profit under St. Barth Initiative. We can not have the same name in both countries though we are operating together.

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Please check out our link on the St. Barth Fondation Website. (click here)

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We were able to visit some of these people with social services and we realized that they needed funds to rebuild and secure their modest residences heavily affected by IRMA.

In the weeks that followed, we asked the Planning Department for permission to contribute to the permit procedures to demolish and rebuild identically for some of these people. The next step is for us to get quotes and budgets for each project, then allocate the funds raised and continue to raise funds to fund the materials and labor needed for these reconstructions. .

Annelisa, Mai and Doug of HELP ST BARTHS have decided to create a nonprofit legal association in the United States, to be able to offer tax exemptions for donations and create a formal and transparent structure with accounting and credibility financial information.

From the beginning, the goal of HELP ST BARTHS is to meet the needs of the inhabitants of Saint Barth in coordination with the Community of Saint-Barthélemy. HELP ST BARTHS will be at the disposal of the island and its inhabitants and we will volunteer their time as long as they need it.

We were able to visit some of these people with social services and we realized that they needed funds to rebuild and secure their modest residences heavily affected by IRMA.

In the weeks that followed, we asked the Planning Department for permission to contribute to the permit procedures to demolish and rebuild identically for some of these people. The next step is for us to get quotes and budgets for each project, then allocate the funds raised and continue to raise funds to fund the materials and labor needed for these reconstructions. .

Annelisa, Mai and Doug of HELP ST BARTHS have decided to create a nonprofit legal association in the United States, to be able to offer tax exemptions for donations and create a formal and transparent structure with accounting and credibility financial information.

From the beginning, the goal of HELP ST BARTHS is to meet the needs of the inhabitants of Saint Barth in coordination with the Community of Saint-Barthélemy. HELP ST BARTHS will be at the disposal of the island and its inhabitants and we will volunteer their time as long as they need it.

Help St. Barth: October 2018 Update

Help St. Barth Update.

October 2018 Newsletter.

OCTOBER IS HERE and we are so thankful to have had a calm hurricane season. ( hoping it's over!)

Tired construction crews have been on their annual break but everyone is back on island and dealing with the business of the continued reconstruction.

In the weeks that our volunteers were driving all around the island delivering tarps and other supplies we noticed for the most part how amazingly resilient, resourceful, and work full the population of St. Barths is. (well we knew that because we were here for hurricane LUIS too). The result of these wonderful community attributes is that St. Barth looks and IS so incredibly "recovering" from the unprecedented Hurricane IRMA. Nature has cooperated and the recent consistent rains have done miracles for the island’s vegetation, bird, and animal population.

There is something else that we observed about the community however that was less encouraging. There is in ST. Barths, like in all communities, a segment of the population whose existence and resourcefulness is more precarious. We noticed a few elderly and isolated individuals who were unable to help themselves in even the most basic of ways. We also discovered members of the local population who simply did not have the resources to begin to cover the necessary repairs or in some cases demolitions and rebuilds. We approached the Collectivite, specifically the office of SOCIAL SERVICES to ask what kind of support could we bring to these individuals and families. In fact

the Collectivite has been very generous in giving a measured stipend to many in need but in some cases public funds could make but a small contribution to costly reconstruction.

Through the next few months the officials at the Collectivite triaged individuals who were really candidates for benefiting from private funding. HELP ST BARTH worked on a relationship with the French RED CROSS as well as the Lions Club and Rotary Clubs of St. Barths to collectively fund these projects. HELP ST BARTH has the largest role financially and also in terms of coordinating and overseeing all of these projects.

HELP ST BARTHS is currently working on 7 reconstruction projects through an initiative called "PROJECT PELICAN".

Some of the projects are small repairs, installation of handicap ramps, hurricane shutters, construction of cisterns, roof repairs or replacements, and repairs due to impacts to homes. Some of the projects are most extensive as homes (mostly old St. Barths traditional "cases" or older family homes) were utterly destroyed. These homes are all modest but the cost is still substantial.

We are currently completing projects, working on others and coordinating work and funds for upcoming projects.

HELP ST BARTH and our French counterpart ST. BARTH INITIATIVE (registered French non for profit entity) are not only working on "PROJET PELICAN" but will be gathering perpetual funding for future projects that will benefit the population, the environment and the well being of the island.

HELP ST BARTH and ST.BARTH INITIATIVE are registered and comply with the appropriate financial reports and governmental filings so that donors can receive tax exemptions for donations.

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